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. whether the u.s. enters the war in syria appears to be up to the dictator bashar al-assad. on monday, david martin reported orte the assad regime had given orders to prepare chemical weapons for possible use to put down the revolt that has been raging in that country for more than a year and a half. oesident obama said the use of these weapons of mass bestruction would be totally unacceptable. well, tonight, david has new intelligence to report, and we have three stories on the breaking news in syria. we'll start with martin at the pentagon. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence so far has not detected any emgns syria is loading chemical weapons on to aircraft, but defense secretary panetta said it appears the embattled assad regime is preparing to do just that. >> there is no question that we remain very concerned, very thecerned that as the opposition advances, in particular on hemascus, that the regime might very well consider the use of chemical weapons. ing eporter: monitoring of syrian basis like this one has picked up evidence engineers have loaded the chemicals which combine to form
afghan civilians also died. nato says the base was not breached. in syria two car bombs exploded today in the city of homs. at least 15 were killed there, and dozens of others wounded. and fighting also intense five-- intensified around damascus. as kelly cobiella reports rebels are closing in on the capitol. >> reporter: for the first time rebels are challenging the syrian army for control of the main airport. street battles have grounded flights for three days. rebels have also taken control of two military bases. and appear to be planning a push into the center of damascus. assad's army answered with rockets and bombs today. so far the regime has managed to stop an attack on the city and retains control of the airport. but for how long? andrew tabler is an analyst at the washington institute for near east policy. >> the rebels have been able to harass the capital as well as the supply chain for several days. and this is unprecedented in the history of syria. and it's another sign that the assad regime is going to contract and eventually perhaps on its way out. >> the last time rebel
. >> pelley: children under the gun in syria's civil war. jim axelrod on new research that reveals brain damage among athletes in many sports not just football. and rumors have swirled around kate middleton. mark phillips with an announcement today from the palace. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. president obama sent a sharp warning today to bashar al-assad the syrian dictator who is fighting a rebellion by his own people. assad has not used his chemical weapons, including nerve gas, but the possibility that he might threatens to pull the united states into that middle east conflict. here's how mr. obama put it. >> i want to make it absolutely clear to assad and those under his command. the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> pelley: so why did the president say it today? david martin hat the pentagon has been talking to his sources. >> reporter: th
is better than none. >> pelley: elaine, thank you. syria's civil war is getting closer to the dictator. today there were battles between the assad military and rebels around the capital, damascus, a mortar slammed into a school near the capital, killing at least nine students. it's not clear who fired it. outside journalists rarely get inside syria, but our elizabeth palmer reached damascus and the families suffering there. >> reporter: this is the new normal in damascus: going to work past military checkpoints. random explosions and heavily armed soldiers. trying to ignore the charred wreckage of car bombs, knowing there will be others which could explode any time, anywhere. a twin blast in a neighborhood last week killed more than 30 people. the community rallied to repair shattered windows and walls, but any feeling of security is gone. across the capital, people are gradually adjusting to the encroaching war. "my children don't go to school any more" this man told me. "and everyday we hear the noise of shelling all around us." does it scare you at night? >> of course, i'm not scare
. thank you so much. to the crisis now in syria. there are growing fears this morning that as opposition forces advance, a desperate assad regime may consider using chemical weapons. as events on the ground pick up speed so do diplomatic efforts. susan mcginnis has details on a high level meeting between the u.s. and russia. susan, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. intelligence reports are suggesting as this regime gets closer to falling, syrian president, bashir al assad could release sirin gas on the people there to subdue the rebellion. this would be a new phase of the war. it has the u.s. uniting with russia to stop it and some here on capitol hill calling for u.s. military intervention. rockets streak across the syrian sky as the battle between rebel forces and troops move to outskirts of the capital of damascus. jeffrey white says it's only a matter time before the bloody civil war is over. >> you can feel it. you can sense it. looks like the regime is being defeated. >> reporter: intelligence officials say chemical weapons believed to be stored at this syrian base ha
to syria, and the aivil war could be approaching a tonning point tonight. rebels are threatening the damascus airport. the assad regime's lifeline tots few remaining allies. charlie d'agata has more on this. >> reporter: the outskirts of amascus have become a grttleground with some of the fiercest fighting the city has seen yet. syrian rebels say they're closing in on the capital street by street. ow within their sights is their biggest target-- the damascus international airport, about 12 heles southeast of the city. poavy bombardment reported today in the suburbs in the surrounding area. rebel leaders called the airport a legitimate target, and gave a atark warning to the regime and outside travelers to avoid it at all costs. fighting near the airport force the suspension of commercial flights this week. some airlines have already stopped all together. a rebel takeover of the airport ould also cut off weapon supplies and regime allies like iran says andrew tabler of the washington institute of near wa east policy. >> as the country's longest runways, from that location that jet
in a nearby car with a relative. police arrested him for the shooting. >>> turning now to syria and what could be a critical turning point in that country's civil war. rebel fighters have closed in and the airport. cbs news reporter charlie on where the fight goes from here. >> reporter: the outskirts of damascus have become a battleground, with some of the fiercest fighting they have seen yet. now within their sights is their biggest target, the damascus international airport, about 12 miles southeast of the city. heavy bombardments reported today in the surrounding area. rebel leaders called the airport a legitimate target and gave a stark warning to the regime and outside travelers to avoid it at all costs. fighting near the airport forced the suspension of commercial flights this week. some airlines have already stopped altogether. a rebel takeover of the airport would also cut off weapons supplies to allies like iran. >> it has the country's longest runways. it's from that location that jets from iran land. they're carrying a lot of sophisticated weapons, so knocking that location out, ta
's vision for a freer, more democratic syria without assad. s ter: borter: but after walking e freshhe fresh graves of young younghe knew and who were killed n the last 21 months of fighting, sarah's stress and fi exhaustion start to show. what's your biggest fear now? >> reporter: but staying alive is getting harder and harder as the decisive battle for damascus closes in. elizabeth palmer, cbs news, the amascus suburbs. urbs.lley: california's governor reveals he has cancer. smugglers are moving drugs using their own submarines and they're in love with the number 12. when the "cbs evening news" continues. visit. mississippi, alabama, louisiana or florida, they're gonna love it. shaul, your alabama hospitality is incredible. thanks, karen. love your mississippi outdoors. i vote for your florida beaches, dawn. bill, this louisiana seafood is delicious. we're having such a great year on the gulf, we've decided to put aside our rivalry. now is the perfect time to visit anyone of our states. the beaches and waters couldn't be more beautiful. take a boat ride, go fishing or just lay in the sun.
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